Odd wording in BBC article on Fritzl's daughter (7)

1 Name: Unverified Source : 2008-12-30 05:28 ID:iL6vz2WK

[b]Fritzl's daughter leaves clinic[/b]

An Austrian woman [b]allegedly[/b] held as a sex slave by her father for 24 years has left the clinic where she had been recovering since being freed in April.

Elisabeth Fritzl and the six children allegedly sired by her father had moved into their own house, her lawyer said.

Josef Fritzl faces trial in early 2009 on charges of kidnapping Elisabeth, now 42, when she was 18 and holding her captive in a bunker in his back garden.

He is also charged with slavery, rape and the murder of one child.

That child - his seventh with Elisabeth - was born in the underground chamber in Amstetten, west of Vienna, but died in infancy.

Mr Fritzl is alleged to have refused to call for medical help after the baby was born, despite knowing the child could die.

Mr Fritzl, 73, has been in custody since the case came to light in April, when Elisabeth's eldest daughter, Kerstin, was taken to hospital suffering from kidney failure.

Three of her surviving children grew up in the cellar, without ever seeing daylight, while the three others were brought up by Mr Fritzl's wife.

Austrian prosecutors say the charges against Mr Fritzl carry a prison sentence of 10 years to life.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7804031.stm

[i]Allegedly?[/i] But isn't it established already that Elizabeth was in fact held as prisoner by Fritzl for 24 years? There is nothing 'alleged' about that. And even if Fritzl is "innocent until proven guilty", this is not very tactful of the BBC.

2 Name: Unverified Source : 2008-12-30 09:37 ID:rKdYawIH

It's just a legal issue. They'll say that until he's proven guilty in trial.

3 Name: Unverified Source : 2009-01-13 23:10 ID:SmnNtYl9

news should be accurate and punctual

tact should be preserved for gossip magazines

until fritzl is accused, "allegedly" seems a correct way to put it

4 Name: Unverified Source : 2009-01-19 15:02 ID:ygWoZW5K


well guess what? He's already been accused.


5 Name: Unverified Source : 2009-02-07 14:09 ID:C71MW2pC

I think he meant tried and proven guilty.

6 Name: Unverified Source : 2009-03-20 12:21 ID:N0MEHLLD


He was.

7 Name: Unverified Source : 2009-03-25 11:57 ID:04Vdudax


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